NEWSHOUSE NEWS -- Aug 23 -- Islam forbids unsupervised dating, so the gathering of young, unmarried Muslims in the banquet hall of an Edison restaurant was billed not as a singles party but as a Muslim Matrimonial Event. Chaperones roamed while the 100 unmarried "candidates" got to know each other through small group talks. Muslim gatherings like this have sprouted up around the country in the last few years. Singles both defend and fret over the prospect of arranged marriages in person and on Internet sites like www.islamicaweb.com.
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